Rivers Crisis: Wike Absent as Fubara Meets Tinubu in Abuja, Details Emerge

Rivers Crisis: Wike Absent as Fubara Meets Tinubu in Abuja, Details Emerge

  • From all indications, Sim Fubara and his political godfather are still not on talking terms
  • The Rivers governor's effort to meet with Nyesom Wike, the minister of the FCT, has proven abortive
  • Following this development, Fubara has refused to share details of the conversation he had with President Tinubu at the Villa on Thursday evening

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers state on Thursday, January 11, met with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Wike, Fubara, BAT, Rivers crisis
Fubara and Wike seem not to be on talking terms after Tinubu's intervention in the Rivers crisis. Photo crediit: Sir Siminalayi Fubara, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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As reported by The Guardian on Friday, January 12, Fubara, after his brief meeting with Tinubu, declined comments when he departed from the president's office.

The last time he visited the Villa was during the peace meeting brokered by President Tinubu to resolve the lingering feud with his estranged political godfather and minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike.

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Although the agenda of his recent visit was not made public, sources say it may not be unconnected with the feud between the governor and his predecessor, Wike, over control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) structure in the state.

The Nation reported that Fubara had recently visited the Villa for a peace meeting involving Wike and the president, but the minister never showed up, further sparking concerns that all is not well between the duo.

However, Thursday's meeting is Fubara's first visit to the Villa since signing the 8-point agreement after President Tinubu waded into the controversy between him and Wike.

Surprisingly, the governor resisted prodding from reporters, as he departed without comments, and from all indications, Wike was not present during the talks.

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Legit.ng also reported that Governor Fubara said Ehie resigned as the speaker of the state House of Assembly for peace to reign.

The Rivers No.1 citizen reiterated that all the steps taken so far by his allies were in the interest of peace, adding that they were not borne out of fear.

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Barely 24 hours after Ehie resigned, Fubara assured that no amount of political crisis could truncate the tenure of his administration.

Fubara assured that he is not pretentious about his commitment to providing quality leadership.

Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.